"A Must-See When Visiting the Bay Area" Angel Island State Park by maryellen50

Angel Island State Park Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 50 photos

The majority of immigrants to America via the West Coast were from Asia who hoped to escape the economic or political hardships of the homelands. On Ellis Island, immigrants were processed through within hours or days; on Angel Island they spent weeks or months.

This facility was primarily a detention center. Beginning with the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, laws had prohibited the immigration of certain nationalities and social classes of Asians. Although all Asians were affected, the greatest impact was on the Chinese and 70 percent of immigrants detained on Angel Island were Chinese.

An estimated 19,000 Japanese "picture brides" were processed through Angel Island by the 1920s. Immigrants from other Pacific Rim countries including Russia, Korea, the Philippines and Japan were detained here.

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  • Pros:Beautiful Scenery
  • Cons:Parking and Ferry Transport Costs
  • In a nutshell:A Must See When Visiting the Bay Area
  • Last visit to Angel Island State Park: May 2006
  • Intro Updated May 8, 2006
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  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Great job! I plan to visit here in September when I arrive for my nephews wedding.

  • weed6886's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2006 at 11:32 AM

    Nice pictures of what must be one of the last quiet corners of the Bay Area.


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